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Discover Jazz: Bix, Duke, Fats

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Bix Duke Fats is part of the Essential Music Group's budget-line Discover Jazz With the Tom Talbert Orchestra series, covering compositions by legends of classic-era jazz (plus one Talbert original in that style). There are four tracks penned by Fats Waller, three by Bix Beiderbecke, and two by Duke Ellington; all are imbued with an air of mellow sophistication by a group featuring a rhythm section of bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Osie Johnson. There might not be any real improvisational fireworks, but the performances are generally solid and workmanlike, with the Beiderbecke numbers being the best fit for this group's style.

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